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Ministry: Lieberman to face breach of trust charges
Published Thursday 13/12/2012 (updated) 15/12/2012 12:33
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Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman gestures as he speaks at
a party meeting in Jerusalem on Sept. 26. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will be indicted for fraud and breach of trust, charges that may lead him to resign, but the Justice Ministry dropped more serious corruption allegations in a nearly 12-year-old case.

The announcement comes just weeks before a Jan. 22 election in which the right-wing party of Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is predicted to win.

Lieberman has denied all wrongdoing and said in the past he would resign if indicted, though it was unclear how he would now act since the charges he face are less severe than anticipated.

Lieberman is expected to speak later on Thursday.

The fraud and breach of trust charges centered on suspected cronyism in Lieberman's efforts to promote an Israeli diplomat who had leaked him privileged information about a separate police probe pertaining to Lieberman.

Legal experts say Lieberman may resign, following the precedent of other Israeli officials indicted for corruption in recent years, including former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who was acquitted of most of those charges this year.
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1 ) Lieberman will be / Priminister
13/12/2012 18:47
soon the most Honest politician in Israel

2 ) Robert / US
14/12/2012 02:07
Fraud,corruption,war crimes are part of being in office in israel

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/12/2012 08:12
I imagine he'll pull through -- good thing, too. When Palestine finally is free, it'll be above all thanks to Israelis like Lieberman. Israel might last for DECADES without people like him.

4 ) Esam / Venezuela
15/12/2012 03:07
I just found out Lieberman comes from Moldova. Born and raised in country in the middle of nowhere in eastern Europe and that was named after a river that was named after a dog. How fittingly can that be? A dog that comes from a country named after a dog!
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